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Freshly Made Sketches #199

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Happy Wednesday!  It is usually one of my favorite days but next week, it is sure to be YOURS as well.  Our 200th Sketch Celebration at Freshly Made Sketches is  next week at you don’t want to miss it!  Keep an eye on the FMS blog this week to see all the amazing sponsors who will be joining us!

This week our sketch is worth celebrating too!  Karren is our sketch hostess and she has created one that I simply love.

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I pulled out an old favorite for this one and kept it super clean to focus on this pretty flower.  I stamped the image from Simply Sketched in Basic Gray onto Thick Whisper White.  I added Daffodil Delight, So Saffron and Basic Gray to the flower with my Aquapainter.  Super simple to do and such a great result!  I put the panel up on Dimensionals onto a Basic Gray base and then added this Paper Pumpkin sentiment backed up with some retired Washi Tape.  A few Basic Pearls are sprinkled on for a little extra elegance.

I have started seeing the previews of what the FMS team has for you next week (and what our guest DT members have created)…I’m here to tell you that you will be blown away with the talent!  Since you can’t see that quite yet, I’ll just send you over to FMS for this week’s inspiration.  The team never disappoints!
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FMS Final 199-001I hope your week is fantastic.  My summer seems to be flying by with my oldest son starting back to school next week.  How can that even be????  I’m enjoying the last few days with the boys and then some more flying this weekend.  I’ll be back on Monday with a new Stamp Review Crew card.  Until then….have a great week!

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Stamp:  Simply Sketches, Petite Pairs; Ink:  Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron; Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray ; Accessories:  Aquapainter, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals, Retired Washi Tape

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Freshly Made Sketches #194

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Another week of fun travels and another week of seeing friends while on the road at work.  Twice in a row!!  This week I got to hang out with my pilot training roommate and fellow United pilot, Cathy, and the fancy, fabulous Jeanna Bohanon.  Seeing two of my dear friends, from two different sides of my life, meet and get along so well brought me such joy!  And they live close to each other.  I foresee Cathy learning to stamp after all!!  *smile*

For our sketch this week, the clever and talented Linda Callahan is our hostess.  This sketch is so fun and unique….just like Linda!  How these ladies keep finding such original ideas is amazing!

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Recognize this stamp set??!!  Let me give you a hint.  Cool, trendy and it shows up at your door once a month.  That’s right!  Paper Pumpkin!!!  I knew the minute I saw these flowers that I would be using them over and over.  Never mind how cute the kit is (and it is), this stamp is a gift that keeps giving.  I’ve been saying that about Paper Pumpkin for a while but this month’s set is over the top fun!  I took the flowers and stamped in Momento Black and then colored them with Copics markers.  I stamped some leaves from Garden in Bloom to add to the edges.  Love how they coordinate!  The sentiment (also from Paper Pumpkin June) was stamped and then I hand drew the line using my Project Life Journaling Pen.  All of this is stamped on the new Thick Whisper White.  The paper handles the markers beautifully (and don’t forget it can handle watercoloring too).  I hand cut the flowers and popped them up on Glue Dots and Dimensionals.

FMS194 Copics FMS Final 194-001The ladies on the DT have such fun interpretations of this sketch…no surprise!  Make sure you run over and tell Linda how much you love this too!

I have a big stretch of flying coming up but hopefully some stuff to share while I’m gone.  I might even get another bonus visit with a stamping friend!  I know….crazy, right?!  I have always warned people that I might show up on their doorsteps with short notice.  Now they believe me! Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you soon!

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Stamp:  Paper Pumpkin June Stamp, Garden in Bloom; Ink:  Momento Black, Copics (above); Paper:  Thick Whisper White; Accessories:  Project Life Journaling Pens, Glue Dots, Dimensionals,

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Snow Day Stampin’ Fun!

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So apparently my children will be going to school through June.  Or maybe not but wow, they have been home a lot for snow days!!  A LOT!  After the hours and hours of Minecraft, I finally decided it was time for something else.  Fortunately I had not one but two things at the ready for them.  And you know what?!  These guys are seriously great (ok, the products are seriously great and they are perfect for any level of crafter…but I’m a mom so I have to give credit to the kids!)!!!  Wanna see??  Of course you do!!

First of all, I decided that we were going to start a Project Life by Stampin’ Up album created by the boys with some of their favorite events.  Sometimes weekly, sometimes more, depending on what we are up to.  I pulled out the kits I have and they got to work.  Because they aren’t me, they have the courage to mix and match and just create what makes sense to them.  I have a lot to learn from them!!  Using the Everyday Adventure, Playground and Sale-a-bration This Day kits and accessories here are their first pages.  I can’t even wait until they create more!  Ok…truthfully they will be creating more pretty much the second I finish typing this post.  *smile*

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First, my oldest created these fun pages.  I love the one he made using a funny picture of him and his older cousin taken while we visited Orlando a couple of weeks ago.  The other picture he chose is “The Supervisor” doing what she does best.  He chose to put in the ikat style DSP (Sweet Dreams) pattern to match!  He used the PL Cards and Labels Framelits to make it match perfectly.

PL by Nathan - Stampin' on the Fly

Not to be outdone, my youngest chose a picture of himself from when he was the Star Student (a way to let the other kids know more about each child).  He took some of the things he had written about himself on the poster and put them on the card.  Isn’t this PL card perfect?!

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So we finished the Project Life work for the day and they still felt like crafting (insert mom cheer here!).  I went right to the Paper Pumpkin kit for February!!  They made this card above (and others like it) which is pretty much the design straight from the kit.  But then I showed them a fun post from Concept Artist Melody Hyde (go leave her some love because she is brilliant) and they just had to create their versions of the star card.  I cut apart an accordion for them and they got to work.

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I helped show them how to wrap the twine like Melody did and they chose different colors from my stash.  I may go and create another group just like them and put them in one of the cute envelopes from the kit to have ready as a little treat for someone.  You know….I might be doing that while the boys are working on PL!!

Ok.  Enough typing.  I have crafting (YAY!) and snow shoveling (BOO!!) to do today.  I hope you have a fabulous and crafty day!  See you soon!

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Stamps:  February Paper Pumpkin; Paper:  Sweet Dreams DSP, PLxSU, Paper Pumpkin; Ink:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories: PLxSU Everyday Adventure, Playground, SAB This Day, Buttons, Baker’s Twine (from Paper Pumpkin plus Crushed Curry, Pool Party, What’s Up Punch, Big Shot, PL Card and Labels Framelits, Stars Framelits

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Fancy Friday – Joyful Tag Card

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I am so excited to be able to share with you this month’s project with for our Fancy Friday monthly hop!  If you just came over from the amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop.  My friends and I want to be able to share with you our ideas in a monthly format.  We will use different themes each month – sometimes colors, sometimes a sketch, sometimes a stamp set focus.  The one thing you can count on is that it will be fancy!  Over the last year “fancy” became our word to describe the best projects, the best new clothes, even the best pedicure colors.  Now we want to share with you our take on “fancy” each month.  This month our theme is “Tags Tags Tags”!  ‘Tis the season for tags and they are not only great for packaging but also as an element on a card.

FF Dec - Joyful TagI used a mish-mash of things that were on my stamp table for this card.  Does this card feel familiar to you??  That is because the background of the card was a cast off from this card.  I first created this layer using Very Vanilla and then realized that I wanted it in Whisper White.  So this version has been sitting on my “to use” pile for months.  Well, I’m trying to move through that pile so I pulled it out again.  I also used elements from the awesome kits that I have been getting.  The “joy”  and the snowflake are from the Watercolor Winter card kit.  That kit is the creative gift that keeps on giving!  I made a tag from Gold Foil using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and round the edges with my Corner Rounder Punch.  I attached the vellum snowflake and the gold thread using a gold Metallic Clothespin.  I used the Baker’s Twine left behind from pulling off the gold thread (Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine) to attach to the top of the tag.

I hope that you find inspiration in this card.  With almost all my holiday crafting done, I had fun just “playing” to create this.  Combining elements, playing with textures…these are great to do.  I hope that you will have some time set aside during this holiday season to create just for the fun of it.

I have no posts planned over the next couple of weeks but if I manage to sneak in some crafting time of my own, I’ll be sure to share.  I hope that this season of joy finds you surrounded by love!  Thank you so much for visiting with me today!

Okay, off to go visit the awesome Mercedes Weber!  You will be wow’d, as always!

And you can click our logo above to get to the Fancy Friday Pinterest page!

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All twelve PDF/video tutorials for my Bright & Beautiful Edition are now available.  Just click HERE or on the picture to learn more!
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Stamp:  Gorgeous Grunge; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gold Foil; Ink:  Gold Encore; Accessories:  Mini Metallic Clothespin, Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Light Molding Paste, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (stencil), Watercolor Winter Card Kit

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Happy 4th of July!

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Just a quick post to wish a happy Independence Day to all of my US readers!  I hope that wherever you are celebrating, you have a fun and safe holiday!  I know that some of you have been seeing nature’s fireworks over the last few days (I’m in Newark unplanned right now because of some of those!) but I hope that you get to enjoy the brightly colored ones too!

Jun MPP WreathA quick share on a project I made with June’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  I held a Paper Pumpkin Fun Night for my local subscribers and we worked together to make the cute little pinwheels.  As we were creating, we discussed fun ways to use them.  I pulled out this wreath that was already wrapped with burlap ribbon and started placing the pinwheels and thought it was coming together.  My mom (who was in town visiting) suggested some red ribbon.  So I added this stitched ribbon (retired).  I thought a great party idea would be to attach the pinwheels to canning jars and use them for drinks/decorations.

image copySee how she put names on each one?  Cool, huh?!  She used my Alphabet Rotary Stamp to personalize them!! (Sorry for the picture quality….taken with my phone)

imageI took some of mine and made this cute little centerpiece.

What will the next Paper Pumpkin hold??  I can wait to see!!  If you would like to try it out, you can become a monthly subscriber (see link in my sidebar) or you can try it for a prepaid period of time.  Click the image below to check it out!

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Ok….off to work I go.  Maybe I’ll see you flying around the system this weekend!  Keep an eye out for me!  Hope your weekend is loaded with fun and maybe even some time for crafting!  See you soon!

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Stamps:  MPP June Kit, Alphabet Rotary Stamp; Ink:  Night of Navy; Accessories:  MPP June Kit, Wreath Form, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Real Red Stitched Ribbon (retired), Glue Gun

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